From the Kitchen Table of Super Koala:
Ah, Hugo. I loved this movie. Absolutely loved it. For so many reasons. The first of which being, it is absolutely beautiful.
The cinematography is just so spot on, everything from the steampunk feel to the vintage style. The lighting renders the colors so vibrant throughout the entire film, and I never felt like anything was too dark to see like I so often do. Second, cast. From little glimpses of Christopher Lee and Jude Law, to Sacha Baron Cohen actually showing off his acting abilities, I just adored everyone. Even through the emotionally points, I always understood the perspective of the characters. Finally, story line. The idea is just so charming and unique. The doses of fantasy realism help to reinforce Hugo’s experiences as a young child living this mystery, but there are enough honest, human moments to draw in adults as well. With great film, as great literature, so often the end is dreary and emotionally crushing, and I am happy to report that is not the case with Hugo. Five stars all day.
From the Bed of Captain Spazzmataz:
I definitely agree with Super Koala. Everything about this movie was creative, beautiful, and enchanting. I didn’t notice it at first, but I too greatly enjoy the fact that everything can be seen at all times, even in the dark scenes. Too often movies with nighttime scenes become so dark that nothing can be made out. It is exactly the opposite in this film. I don’t really know what else to add because Super Koala said just about everything that needed to be said. I would absolutely watch this movie again, and it definitely deserves five stars.